Rugby League: Player eligibility decision delayed

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A decision on whether Batley Bulldogs included an ineligible player in a game against Sheffield Eagles will be revealed today.

The case against Batley was heard by an RFL tribunal last night but a verdict was delayed. Doncaster faced a similar charge.

The tribunal met for around two hours with the clubs putting their defence to the charges. If found guilty the Dons and Bulldogs could be fined and/or have points deducted.

It centres on whether the clubs fielded players, with a salary cap valuation of more than £20,000, who had not previously appeared in three games for the Championship club, after the dual registration deadline.

Huddersfield Giants’ Jacob Fairbank scored the final try for Batley in their 28-18 win at Owlerton. The Dons had Hull FC centre Ben Crooks in their team in their defeat at Keighley.

Both matches were played on Sunday July 27, two days after the registration deadline for the Kingstone Press Championship closed.

Meanwhile Sheffield Eagles will play their final home league game against Rochdale Hornets at Sheffield Hallam University’s Sports Park, Bawtry Road, on Wednesday 20 August, kick-off 7.30pm.

The game was postponed on the first weekend of the season because the pitch at Owlerton Stadium was waterlogged. The Sports Park is the Eagles training base and has a pitch with floodlights.